Category Archives: General

Looking for Health and Medical Statistics?

People are often surprised how difficult it can be to find health and medical statistics. Data collection in the United States is a fairly recent activity and it was not until 1956 that Congress enacted legislation to establish the US … Continue reading

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PubMed Commons: A System for Commenting on Articles in PubMed

Last  October the NCBI launched the pilot phase of a program called PubMed Commons, designed to allow users to comment on published abstracts on the PubMed website. PubMed Commons enables authors to share opinions and information about scientific publications in … Continue reading

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The NLM Bookshelf: Free Access to Books and Documents in Life Sciences and Health Care

A previous post highlighted the UCSF Library’s guide to ebooks at UCSF. Since the library actually pays subscriptions for these ebooks they’re only available to UCSF faculty, staff and students. What if you aren’t affiliated with UCSF or aren’t on … Continue reading

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A Guide to Ebooks at UCSF

  The move from print to online copies of books continues as the UCSF Library expands its collection of ebooks and our annual purchase of ebook titles starts to outstrip print titles. Already UCSF faculty and students often request ebooks … Continue reading

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Zotero – a Free Alternative to Commercial Citation Managers

First introduced in 2006, Zotero [pronounced zoh-TAIR-oh] has quickly gained popularity as a cost-free alternative to commercial reference management applications such as EndNote and RefWorks. Zotero  is a free, easy-to-use, open source research tool that runs in the Firefox web … Continue reading

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Beyond MEDLINE: Biomedical Information in Patents

You’re doing in depth research on, say,  artificial knee implants. Perhaps you’re applying for a research grant or thinking about applying for a patent. You need to do a comprehensive search and find everything that’s out there. You’ve searched PubMed, … Continue reading

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December 1st is World AIDS Day: Trustworthy HIV/AIDS Information from MedlinePlus

For trustworthy information on HIV/AIDS visit the MedlinePlus HIV/AIDS site. MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s Web site for patients and their families and friends and offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

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Get PubMed PDFs Faster with PubGet’s PaperPlane tool.

PubGet’s PaperPlane A previous post highlighted PubGet, a Web-based search engine for life sciences researchers for conducting searches of the medical literature and fast retrieval of full-text PDFs. However, if you don’t have the time or inclination to explore yet … Continue reading

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What’s All This Talk About “Open Access” Publishing? How Does it Affect Me?

As this week is Open Access Week this might be good time to remind you what all the fuss is about and to provide you with links and information for you to get better acquainted with  the Open Access (OA) … Continue reading

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Citing Medicine: A Free Online Style Guide

I came across this book on the NCBI Bookshelf: Citing Medicine, 2nd Edition -Authored by Karen Patrias and Dan Wendling and published by the National Library of Medicine, it provides information on how to cite all manner of print and non-print … Continue reading

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